Alchemy of Fabrics, November 2017 - Treasure Island
We picked our selection of companion prints for this month's Alchemy pack from Alison's Sun Print lines, as well as pieces from Rebecca Bryan's Panache Line from Kaufman, Annie Brady's Big Sky and Sweetwater's Authentic, etc. for Moda, as well as a selection each from Tula Pink and Valori Wells.
Jean saw this cute pin cushion that Jill had at her desk, and just had to make up a few of her own out of the Treasure Island fat quarters...here's how she did them:
This little pincushion is the perfect size to sit in front of your machine. It is weighted with the walnut shells for the stuffing, so it sits still holding your pins. It is the perfect gift for a stitching friend.
Materials & Cutting
A - One 4 ½” x 4 ½” square for center (linen or heavier cotton works best)
B - Two 2” x 4 ½” scraps
C - Two 1 ½” x 4 ½” scraps
One cup crushed walnut shells
- Refer to Figure 1 and arrange the fabrics. Stitch the seams together using a ¼” seam allowance back-tacking at the beginning and end of each seam. Press seams in one direction.
- Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and stitch the lengthwise seam as you did above. Press open.
- Following Figure 2, stitch through the fabrics, closing off one end of the pin cushion. Turn to the right side. Push out the corners with a dull lead pencil. Press. At the open end of the tube, fold the seam allowances in ¼” and press.
- Use a small funnel, or roll up paper to make a funnel. Place the small end of the funnel in the opening. Pour small amounts of the walnut shells inside. With your thumb and forefinger, work the shells to the end of the tube. Fill tightly to within ½” from the top. Pin the folded edges together. With a needle and thread whip stitch the opening shut. Figure 3.
- Tie a secure knot in the end. With your thumb and forefinger work the stuffing until it is evenly distributed.
Enjoy your pincushion, or give it as a gift!